CRTC to hold public hearing to renew CBC/Radio-Canada’s licences
OTTAWA-GATINEAU, September 5, 2012 — Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is inviting Canadians to participate in the consultation for the renewal of CBC/Radio-Canada’s radio and television licences. The CRTC will hold a public hearing beginning on November 19, 2012 in Gatineau, Quebec.
The CRTC will examine the public broadcaster's role in light of its powers under the Broadcasting Act. The following are some of the issues that the Commission plans to discuss:
- CBC/Radio-Canada's overall strategy
- equivalent quality of services in French and English
- representation of official language minority communities
- regional reflection and the services offered in northern Canada
- the accessibility of information relating to the Corporation's management and the effectiveness with which public comments are handled
- the addition of advertising on Espace Musique and Radio 2, and
- commercial agreements.
Interested persons are invited to submit their comments on any aspect of the renewal of the licences of CBC/Radio-Canada by 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) on October 5, 2012. They may do so by completing the online form, writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, or sending a fax to 819-994-0218.
All interventions already received and the comments submitted during the online consultation held in 2011 have been placed on the public record and will be taken into consideration.
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
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